Bienvenidos to the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation!
We are so glad you found us!
No matter where you are from when you visit our Lakeside shul, you will suddenly feel like you are home, surrounded by warm and welcoming Jews. Community is the essence of Jewish life and it is even more important here since so many of our friends and families live in other countries.
Wherever you are on your journey – observant, reform, conservative, returning, secular, converting, questioning, the important thing is you are here, and we welcome you.
We are small, friendly, inclusive, culturally diverse, egalitarian independent shul and we believe in making Judaism available and accessible to all who seek it. We serve the Lakeside community and our doors are open to everyone including interfaith and same sex couples and families. We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life, religious or spiritually.
We invite you to explore our website and join our mailing list (at the bottom of the page). Learn more about our community by visiting and experiencing the shul during services, holidays and events.
If you would like to meet anyone- the Board of Directors, our Lay Rabbi, please click here.
Dear LCJC Members and Friends
You, our congregants and friends, are the most important element of the LCJC. Without your concern and attendance, we would not exist. We hope our services and programs have brought you spiritual meaning and a strong sense of community. However, the point has now been reached when the Board of Directors are compelled to heed the directions of the experts concerning the spread of the Novel CoronaVirus. The facts tell us the most effective means of self protection is “social distancing”. With that in mind:
SERVICES AND EVENTS AT LCJC WILL BE DISCONTINUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS INCLUDES OUR ANNUAL PASSOVER SEDER.
PLANS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
We will all hold each other’s well-being in our hearts. We are also ready, as much as possible, to deliver food if you are in need.
Please find comfort in the attached poem.
The Torah study on Saturday, January 11, was led by Mel Goldberg. The group of 8 discussed the final parasha of Genesis, Vayachi. The group discussed the three segments of Jacob’s life: his 77 years in the holy land, his 20 years in Haran, and the final 17 years of his life which he considered the best years of his life. The group discussed why his final years were the best. They also discussed the blessings Jacob bestowed on his children and why Judah, Jacob’s fourth son, was granted the role of sovereign because his first born, Reuben, had forfeited his right by sinning against his father. One part of the discussion revolved around the attributes of leadership and concepts for living a good life. When Joseph dies in Egypt at the age of 110, he instructs that his bones be taken out of Egypt and buried in the Holy Land which would occur only with the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt many years later.
Laina Dicker has volunteered to update the Yarzheit listing used in services to remember the names of our loved ones who have passed. Please send the names and secular calendar month of passing of those people you’d like to have remembered to Laina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our thanks to Laina.
LCJC always welcomes volunteers to assist in making our synagogue a place to call home. If you have any ideas/skills/desire to participate, please contact any member of the Board of Directors. We are currently looking for someone to be our Communications Coordinator to take charge of the weekly bulletin, publicity for our various synagogue activities and update/maintain social media sites.
Please keep them and their families in your thoughts.
Helen and Jack Kruger
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Let us know of other members of our community in need of support.
LCJC now has a Yahrzeit Board in the sanctuary. If you have a loved one that you would like to remember in this way, contact Laina Dicker at email@example.com Individual plaques for the Yahrzeit Board are available for 1000 pesos each.
BENEFIT FROM A VISIT? If you or a friend would benefit from a visit or a phone call. Please contact Susana Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 332-815 4973
Commemorate an event, honor a memory, or celebrate a loved one by making a donation of any denomination to LCJC’s Discretionary or Operating Funds, or by purchasing a leaf on LCJC’s “Tree of Life” displayed in the Sanctuary. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com or contact any Board Member.
Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation Bulletin
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